The Environment Agency has today (18 July) suspended the permit for Whites Recycling Limited, in Eccles after the site has failed to operate as outlined in their environmental permit.
During routine visits by Environment Agency officials, the decision has been taken to suspend the permit after a number of serious risks were identified.
These risk include:
Increased fire risk from the excessive waste stockpiles
Potential for pollution from Leachate caused by waste stored on unmade ground
Potential for Dust and odour escaping from the site
Potential for Pests (including flies) which can cause a detriment to the local community
The Environment Agency has given the company until the 31 August 2012 to meet strict steps in order to resolve the issues at the site. These include, reducing the quantity of waste onsite and also to remove the waste from the areas of the site which is on unsuitable ground.
Gordon Whitaker, Environment Manager for Greater Manchester said:
"The Environment Agency works hard to protect and improve the environment. Sites such as those who operate outside of their environmental permit have the potential to cause serious harm to the environment, and the communities who live nearby.
Whites Recycling Limited have until the 31 August to bring the site back into compliance with the conditions outlined in its permit. If these steps are not taken, then we will consider what further enforcement action we can take."